The Teachings, Part I: A Firm Foundation
By John Fuhler
According to the Cayce readings, about 13,000 years ago, several souls later associated with the early A.R.E. (Edgar Cayce , his son Hugh Lynn Cayce , and stockbroker Morton Blumenthal ) convened in Egypt in order to collect key teachings whereby they might give the people a better understanding of the mystical forces and the relationship with others and the Divine.
None are being drawn into that purpose of the establishing of this more close relation of God’s truth in earth…other than those that first established same in that land now known as Egypt…to give to the peoples the better understanding of the mystic or mysterious forces… (254-42)
Temples including the Temple of Sacrifice, which was like a hospital, and the Temple Beautiful, which was like a university, were built for the purpose of recording and sharing the material. Among the tools chosen to convey these teachings,  brought the “mysticism of numbers…the relationship of the stars, (and)…the characters as became the symbols of the land.” (254-42) The Great Pyramid was designed and built based on the position of the stars (294-151). It was to be a prophecy and timeline of all coming changes in religious thought in the world; signified by the layer, color, and direction of movement within the pyramid. (5748-5)
The material was called the “Law of One” and included an understanding of universal laws and the Oneness of God. The tenets and truths were so important that they dispatched emissaries around the globe to share it.
Before that…the entity was in the Egyptian land when there were preparations of individuals for activities in others’ lands…among those who were prepared in the Temple Beautiful for those activities in what is now Yucatan. There the entity may find much which would appear as a part of its own experience, just as it may among the people in the southern portion of this land, or the Indians who hold to the symbols of the ancients. (3384-3)
The entity was among those that came to…Yucatan…many (people) of those lands now known as the Egyptian – then of Mu and Ra – came to pass the messages for the building of the activities and those things that made for the preservation of the thoughts and teaching of those people in that land. (3823-1)
Several elements of these teachings survive in the Egyptian and Mayan symbols and mythologies. Examples include the pyramid, Orion, and water lilies; each has its own, similar esoteric meaning. In both cultures, the pyramid represented the Northern Celestial Hemisphere at the moment of Creation. Peter Tompkins, author of the book Secrets of the Great Pyramids, wrote that the pyramid’s apex represents the Celestial North Pole. In the book The Pyramids of Egypt, I.E.S. Edwards found a direct correlation between the step pyramid and the stellar religion. In a similar fashion, anthropologist Walter Krickeberg demonstrated that in the Yucatan and in Central America the stepped pyramid represented the daytime sky as a metaphor of the Upper World. For these Indians, the sky represented an enormous blueprint of everything that ever had, does, or would happen, and therefore is a schematic record of their history and prophecies. This is very similar to the information about the Great Pyramid from the Cayce readings:
This, then, receives all the records from the beginnings of that given by the Priest…to that period when there is to be the change in the earth’s position and the return of the Great Initiate to that and other lands for the folding up of those prophecies… (5748-5)
The constellation Orion figures prominently in the Egyptian and Maya beliefs as well. The association of Orion with Creation is paramount. The Round Zodiac of Dendera combines the Greco-Babylonian “Thema Mundi” or natal horoscope of the world, similar to the Egyptian version of the same. A schematic map of the Northern Celestial Hemisphere, it symbolically represents a pyramid with its apex at the Celestial North Pole. On this composition the sculptors placed Osiris/Orion at the Vernal Equinox at the time of Creation.
In the Egyptian mythology, the god Seth killed his brother Osiris, a primeval king of Egypt, and floated a sarcophagus with his remains north along the Nile River. The sarcophagus transformed into a tree (extending to the Celestial North Pole). Isis, the wife of Osiris, must recover his body and magically resurrect it sufficiently to beget a son, Horus. The embodiment of Osiris’ living spirit, Horus is born from the blue water lily (Nymphaea caerulea).
In Maya mythology, the Underworld gods slew First Father just prior to the Creation of this World Age. His twin sons raised him up in resurrection. Out of a water lily by way of the cleft turtle carapace, represented by a portion of Orion, emerged the Maize God, one with the Tree of Life. The turtle floated upon the primordial sea, symbolized by the white water lily (Nymphaea ampla). All these symbols, the Tree of Life, Orion, water lilies, and the pyramid, represent Creation, death, and resurrection.
The mythological cycles surrounding these symbols informed generations of individuals for millennia in two of the world’s greatest civilizations. The universal truths contained in those myths incorporate abundant symbols that any generation might understand, encoded in the languages of numbers, geometry, and astronomy.
Although these symbols represent only a small fraction of the information still available, the numbers are among the most important. As with the symbolic messages sent by NASA into space in order to communicate with alien civilizations, these great souls sent encoded messages in order to communicate to subsequent generations the truths that they intended to impart.
John Fuhler has been involved in the field of alternative medicine for more than 25 years. He received his BA in anthropology from the University of Illinois and studied in Glasgow, Scotland, and Portland, Ore. As an amateur archaeologist, he participated in projects in Ariz., Calif., Hawaii, N.M., and Wis.; reporting discoveries in Ore. and Scotland. His tribal affiliations include: Saxon, Friesian, Bohemian, Irish (O'Meagher clan), and Wyandot. He volunteers his skills with organizations supporting the homeless, forest services, and families. He enjoys reading the bible in Greek and Latin.
September 2015 Update
From the Desk of Kevin J. Todeschi
This is my update for September 2015 to A.R.E. members and friends who are interested in the new and exciting trends occurring within Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. and Atlantic University. A number of exciting things are happening this month! Please share the following with your friends:
CREATE CAMPAIGN UPDATE
With just over three months remaining in this “Capstone Year” of our $30 million CREATE Campaign (capital, endowment, and program support). In addition to needing funds for our programs and endowments, we still need nearly $1 million in order to renovate our Library and Conference Center (new restrooms, HVAC system, Library carpeting, expanding the auditorium, parking improvements, and upgrades throughout the building). Donors of $500 or more to the project will be listed on our Stairway to Heaven. Help us make a great impression on our visitors. Visit EdgarCayce.org/donate to help!
JOIN US LIVE OR ONLINE – SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10 – FOR THE CREATE CAMPAIGN GRAND FINALE
As a member, you have loved the Cayce work. As a donor, you have supported the CREATE Campaign. At this event, we will celebrate, together, the ways in which this $30 million Campaign has revolutionized the Cayce work; bringing it to a whole new level for a whole new generation. Help us raise the final funds so we can place the Capstone on the Campaign's gift Pyramid.
Members of the Golden Circle and Edgar Cayce Legacy Society (and attendees of that weekend's Ancient Mysteries Conference) will attend this Virginia Beach event at no cost
. Everyone else is welcome to attend for just $100 per ticket. For more information about attending in person, contact Mari Fedele at 757.457.7150 or email: email@example.com
Unable to join us in Virginia Beach? The Grand Finale program will be live-streamed from 7:30 until 8:15pm Eastern Time at EdgarCayce.org/grandfinale.
Meet up with your study group or other Cayce friends and tune in to catch the vibe together.
Whether in person or online, we look forward to seeing you on October 10!
ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY - TAKE YOUR SPIRITUAL PATH TO THE NEXT DEGREE
Our new MA in Leadership Studies
is ready for its first cohort of students, starting on January 11, 2016. Please help us get the word out-send an email to your friends and family. This truly is a remarkable new program that students can take online with top quality faculty. James Van Auken, Vice President of Academic Affairs and the Chair of the Leadership Curriculum Committee, wrote a blog
about the history of Atlantic University and how this new program fits in with the original vision. For more information about the new MA in Leadership Studies program, visit our website at AtlanticUniv.edu/leadership
Our core program since 1986 is the Master of Arts in Transpersonal Studies
, which is essentially a holistic overview of psychology and spirituality, is also open for new students. We recently added a number of amazing student testimonials
from this program to our YouTube page. Take a look and see how this program is truly changing lives for the better. A.R.E. Members may find this particular interview of value: see graduate Bonnie Perry, MA
speak about her time at Atlantic University.
A.R.E. HOUSTON CENTER
In the past few months the Houston A.R.E. Center has been creating relationships within the Houston community to bring more awareness to the A.R.E Center and Spa. The Center’s energy has picked up and we are now seeing more new members of all ages. Our near-future plans include more workshops and classes on the teachings and remedies of Edgar Cayce. Some of these programs are: Edgar Cayce’s Exercises, Yoga, Creative Fitness and other familyoriented activities. Our goal is to stay true to the Edgar Cayce readings and manifest the love of God and Man.
For more information on the Houston Center go to EdgarCayceHouston.org.
CAYCE/REILLY® SCHOOL OF MASSAGE
The Cayce/Reilly School of Massage is actively recruiting and accepting applications for our next program starting on September 28, 2015 – any students who start the program in September will receive a $500.00 tuition discount. Visit CayceReilly.edu to apply online today.
We are also excited to announce the launch of our new Yoga Teacher Training Program. The 200-hour program will run from January through December 2016 – training classes will be held one weekend per month at our beautiful oceanfront campus where attendees will enjoy learning the art and science of yoga practice as well as the holistic health concepts found in the Cayce readings. Please visit our website for more details coming soon and to reserve your spot in this inaugural training!
Our Continuing Education program continues to thrive, with a number of new courses available to the general public. Please visit CayceReilly.edu for more information. And Come visit our Student Clinic to receive the unique Cayce/Reilly massage technique at a reduced price – call 757-457-7146 to schedule your appointment.
A.R.E. MEMBERSHIP—RENEW FOR TWO YEARS...
…and save 20% on Membership and receive a special Karma to Grace and Reincarnation Package Free! This offer Includes ALL of the following by John Van Auken: From Karma to Grace Book & DVD; Reincarnation, The Story of Our Souls DVD; plus Reincarnation and Karma, the Cayce Series Book. Run time: 155 minutes; retail value: $82.80
A.R.E. CAMP UPDATE
A.R.E. Camp is now resting after the most adventurous summer on record! We made such wonderful memories with so many friends new and old. We hiked through the mountains, swam in the sunny Camp pond, ate vegetables straight out of the garden, lived a Cayce lifestyle, and had a blast. Now that Camp is all packed up and empty for the off-season, we're looking to begin construction on our NEW Dining Hall within the month! We're so excited to be breaking ground for this momentous building project, and looking forward to updating everyone as we go. It will take a big effort to complete this project in the short amount of time that we have! Nearly 200 people have already contributed to help make this new building a reality and to date we've raised about $70,000! THANK YOU! We’re looking to raise an additional $100,000 to help cover the gap between our needs and what insurance will cover. If you would like to pitch in to help, you can do so here.
ANONYMOUS DONOR DONATES $500,000 IN MEMORY OF GAIL ANITA FLAGLER
An anonymous donor has established three endowments in memory of Gail Anita Flagler, longtime member and former Vice President of Trading Operations for the Chicago Board Options Exchange. One endowment is for A.R.E. Membership Scholarships, one is for A.R.E. Camp, and still another is to support our Prayer Services program. These endowments – totaling $250,000 – will generate funds in Gail’s memory in perpetuity. The donor also directed another $250,000 toward the renovations of our 1975 Library and Conference Center with an emphasis on bringing the Library up-to-date.
A.R.E. JOINS THE COMBINED FEDERAL CAMPAIGN—CHARITY #38083
Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. is now a Participating Charity with the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). The CFC is an annual fundraising drive that provides an opportunity for federal civilian, postal, and military employees to donate to local, national, and international non-profit organizations. Make your donation to Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. (Charity #38083) September 1 until December 15!
Mark your calendars and book your tickets now for these three life-changing upcoming programs, all anticipated to sell out: October 18-23 Past-Life Regression Training Certification with Peter Woodbury MSW, October 8-10 Annual Ancient Mysteries Conference - Remnants of the Distant Past: Sacred Sites, Lost Lands, and Legendary Places with special guest legendary theorist Erich von Däniken, and November 5-8 Life Beyond Death: Afterlife Communication, Mediumship and Your Eternal Soul featuring an unprecedented gathering of five mediums including Lisa Williams and Robert Brown. Come tour the newly revitalized campus, have lunch in our café, shop in our expanded bookstore and gift shop, and enjoy the cool breezes and lower hotel rates of Virginia Beach in the fall.
DOUBLE YOUR DONATION OF $500 OR MORE TO VISITOR CENTER RENOVATIONS THRU DECEMBER 31!
For me this building is very special. It’s been the place where I have met many of you and have formed meaningful and lasting relationships. For over 40 years, it has been a gathering place for like-minded people to meet and create and strengthen a spiritual community. Now this building is dated, tired, and well worn. We need your help to revitalize it for the next generation.
A group of donors – including Hazel Zachar, Richard Copeland, and our Board of Trustees – have joined together to create a Matching Gift Fund for all donations of $500 or more (up to a total of $150,000) toward this project! And, if you donate that amount before December 31, your name – or the name of someone you wish to honor – will also be added to our beautiful Stairway to Heaven donor wall. This is also the last year of the Campaign, so consider making a multi-year pledge so we can count that total toward the goal.
A.R.E. TOURS—FOR YOUR ADVANCED PLANNING
- New Mexico and Mesa Verde – Led by Don Carroll, October 24-31, 2015
- Cuba, the "Return to Atlantis" Tour – Led by John Van Auken, February 13-21, 2016
- Peru and Bolivia, Where Heaven Meets Earth - Led by Peter Woodbury with Andean Shaman, Juan de Dios Kucho,
May 11 – 22, 2016, with optional extension to see and experience the Nazca Lines!
- Ireland – Led by John Van Auken, July 10 - 24 2016!
- Other locations pending...
If you would like additional information about any of our travel programs, contact our Travel Programs Administrator at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1-888-273-3339!
Thank you for your prayers, generosity and ongoing support for this great Work!
Kevin J. Todeschi
Executive Director and CEO
Advanced Technology In Society—It Happened Earlier Than You Think!
By John Van Auken
While traditional scientists continue to reject the idea that technologically advanced societies existed, there is evidence to support the theory that amid the primitive humans and the earliest cultures, pockets of high sophistication could be found. Here are some examples.
Tamil Palm Leaf circa 300 BC
The so-called "Palm Leaf Manuscripts" of 5th-century BC, contain records of flying machines! Some of these flying vehicles were said to be able to "mount up to Surya mandala," meaning the solar region and the planets! And still others could go to the "Naksatra mandala," which is the region of the stars, the galaxy! One of the palm leaf manuscripts found in India is the Amsu Bodhini, which contains very detailed information about the planets. The information is so specific that only someone who actually traveled to the planets or sent flying machines to them could know these details. The information includes the different kinds of light, heat, color, and electromagnetic fields of the various planets, including Earth. And it also contains information about the methods used to construct machines capable of attracting solar rays and separating this energy into its components (as Cayce said the Atlanteans did with their crystals). It also includes instructions for the manufacture of machines to transport people to other planets. Amazingly, it details unknown alloys that the ancients used to construct invisible flying crafts-the human eye cannot see these alloys.
The Ramayana (Rama's Journey) is a Sanskrit epic poem (like Homer's Iliad and Odyssey) ascribed to the Hindu sage and Sanskrit poet Valmiki 5th to 4th-century BC, and he wrote: "The Pushpaka chariot that resembles the Sun and belongs to my brother was brought by the powerful Ravana; that aerial and excellent chariot going everywhere at will...that chariot resembling a bright cloud in the sky...and the King [Rama] got in, and the excellent chariot at the command of the Raghira, rose up into the higher atmosphere."
Cayce explained to a reincarnated Atlantean: "The entity was in the Atlantean land, during those periods particularly when there was the exodus from Atlantis owing to those activities which were bringing about the destructive forces. There we find the entity was among those who were not only in what is now known as the Yucatan land, but also the Pyrenees and the Egyptian. For the manners of transportation, the manners of communications through the airships of that period were such as Ezekiel described of a much later date." (1859-1, my italics)
And Cayce corroborated the strange alloys of the ancient sophisticates: "The metals that were used as the braces, these were the combinations then of what is now a lost art-the tempered brass, the temperament of that as becomes between aluminum (as now called) and that of uranium, with those of the fluxes that are from those of the combined elements of the iron, that is carbonized with those of other fluxes-see? These made for lightness of structure, non-conductor or conductors of the electrical forces-that were used for the impelling of same, rather than the gases-which were used as the lifting. See? For that as in the Nature's forces may be turned into even the forces of that that makes life, as given, from the sun rays to those elements that make for, or find corresponding reaction in their application of same, or reflection of same, to the rays itself-or a different or changed form of storage of force, as called electrical in the present." (364-6)
Aliens Playing a Role?
Now some researchers/writers have suggested that aliens may have played a significant role in humanity's evolution, and Cayce appears to agree: "The entity was among the priestesses of the Mayan experience. It was just before that period when those as from the east had come, and there were the beginnings of the unfoldments of the understanding that there were other portions of the same land, or those that were visiting from other worlds or planets." (1616-1, my italics)
In this next Cayce reading he indicates that we people of Earth are eventually going to meet "people of the universe": "Man may become, with the people of the universe, ruler of any of the various spheres through which the soul passes in its experiences. Hence, as the cycles pass, as the cycles are passing, when there is come a time, a period of readjusting in the spheres, (as well as in the little earth, the little soul)…" (281-16)
And as for us actively existing prior to incarnating into matter and getting trapped in the evolution up through matter, he gave this reading: "As it has been often presented by one school of thought, the dwellers upon the Moon (the satellite of the earth) preceded the abilities for matter (expressed in a form that is known as matter in the earth). And this entity was among those that so dwelt, and is influenced by two sojourns there [on the moon]." (264-31, EC's parentheses, my italics)
This blog was excerpted from the article Two Suns in Our Solar System! as published in the July-September, 2015 issue of Venture Inward Venture Inward is an A.R.E. Membership premium. Members may access Venture Inward online.
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John Van Auken is a director at Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E., and is one of the organization’s most popular speakers, traveling throughout the U.S. and abroad to address audiences on the body-mind-spirit topics found in the Edgar Cayce readings. He is an acknowledged expert on the Cayce readings, the Bible, ancient prophecies, world religions, meditation, and ancient Egypt. He writes Venture Inward's Ancient Mysteries column and is the author of several books, including Edgar Cayce on the Spiritual Forces Within You, From Karma to Grace and Edgar Cayce and the Kabbalah.
Join John Van Auken, legendary Ancient Astronaut Theorist Erich Von Danikken, geologist geologist Robert Schoch, researcher Freddy Silva, and more for A.R.E.’s Annual Ancient Mysteries Conference October 8-11.
Total Lunar Eclipse!
By James Mullaney
On the evening of September 27, skywatchers throughout North America will be treated to one of nature’s grandest celestial sky shows—a total eclipse of the Moon. And unlike the one in April (2015), which occurred in the early predawn hours, this one will happen during convenient evening ones.
This cosmic spectacle begins with the full Moon entering the Earth’s dark inner shadow (the “umbra”) at 9:06 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time, and continuing to become ever-more fully immersed in it for the next hour. Totality itself will start at 10:11 p.m. EDT, and last more than one hour until 11:23 p.m. EDT, after which the Moon begins to slowly emerge from the cone of darkness in reverse order. Adding to the beauty of the overall scene at this eclipse (especially during totality itself, while the sky is dark), the Moon will be accompanied by some of the early rising bright winter stars.
There are several interesting things to notice as you watch this event unfold. Most obvious are the darkness of the eclipsed Moon and the range of colors displayed, both of which vary from one eclipse to another. These depend on the clarity of the Earth’s atmosphere at the time, which refracts or bends sunlight around into the umbral shadow. There have actually been eclipses so dark that the Moon remained all-but invisible during totality—and ones so pale that you had to look carefully to see that there was even an eclipse in progress! Among the colors that have been seen are shades of reddish-orange, brown, copper, rose, and even blood-red. Notice, too, that the Earth’s shadow is curved at all phases of the eclipse, as the Moon passes through it. This is direct proof that the Earth itself is round— something recognized by many early skywatchers. And finally, realize that you’re actually seeing our lovely satellite move eastward in its orbit — as it first passes into, through, and then out of the shadow at roughly its own diameter each hour.
While lunar eclipses can certainly be enjoyed with the unaided eye alone (as they have been throughout most of history!), they are best-seen in binoculars. An ideal pair for this would be a 7x50 or 10x50 glass, the first number indicating its magnification and the second the aperture in millimeters. Telescopes themselves, with their relatively narrow fields of view, typically don’t provide enough sky coverage around the Moon to get the full effect of its globe being suspended in space. An exception here, however, is Edmund Scientifics’ amazing Astroscan wide-field reflecting telescope. Providing a three-degree actual field of view at its low magnification of 16x, it takes in an astounding six full-Moon-diameters of sky— something many have described as looking through the porthole of a spaceship!
James Mullaney is an astronomy author, speaker, and consultant who has published nearly 1,000 articles and nine books on observing the wonders of the heavens, including Edgar Cayce on the Cosmos. He has logged over 20,000 hours of stargazing time with the unaided eye, binoculars, and telescopes. Formerly Curator of the Buhl Planetarium & Institute of Popular Science in Pittsburgh, and Director of the DuPont Planetarium at USCA, he served as staff astronomer at the University of Pittsburgh's Allegheny Observatory and as an editor for Sky & Telescope magazine. One of the contributors to Carl Sagan's award-winning "Cosmos" PBS-Television series, his work has received recognition over the years from such notables (and fellow stargazers) as Sir Arthur Clarke, Johnny Carson, Ray Bradbury, Dr. Wernher von Braun, and former student NASA scientist/astronaut Dr. Jay Apt. His lifelong mission has been to "Celebrate the Universe!" and get others to look up at the majesty of the night sky to personally experience the joys of stargazing. In recognition of his work he has been elected a Fellow of the prestigious Royal Astronomical Society of London.
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